Expand your knowledge, Shrink the stigma.

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PSYCHOLOGY– what does it ring in your mind? Something related to telepathy, a term referred to some kind of mental disability, a discipline which treats mad people, or simply something you repel because it deals with brain & stuff.

According to American Psychological Association (APA) – “Psychology refers to the scientific study of the behaviour of individuals and their mental processes.” Scientific means something that can be validated, is reliable and follows a set of tools and techniques.

For those who think Psychology and psychologists/psychiatrists is nothing but a sham, our blog will help you give an insight to what it really is. The word PSYCHOLOGY has been incepted from the word- psyche, which means dealing with the mind, soul and spirit. Rejuvenating your soul, making one adapt to the surroundings, dealing at the time of crisis, and much more are all part and parcel of contacting to a psychologist/ psychiatrist; and doing all this using a set of scientific strategies and methods that have been tried and tested as reliable and valid.

Every individual comes from a different background, has a unique set of values, style and traits. And so, each individual has to be handled differently, just like every lock has its own key.

The Misconception

“Look at that girl, she is visiting a psychologist. She is definitely mad.” A common statement heard whenever someone visits a professional. Psychology does not label anyone as “mad”. One of the many purposes of a psychologist is to make the client feel at ease so that the person can convey his/her issues at the best. A psychologist will help to guide a person and bring him/her closer to their goals.

“Can you know what am I thinking, just by looking at my face?” The second most popular misconception is that a psychologist will get to know everything by looking at a person’s face. Well, the scenario is quite different. A psychologist cannot know everything just by observing you. He/she might be able to guess some traits you possess and some characteristics of you that you are aware of, using the standardized tests, but nothing about what you are thinking. It’s when you start opening up and share problems, the psychologist is better able to understand you.

The Application

It is perfectly alright if you visit a psychologist for some disturbances that you are facing. Being completely healthy requires one to be physically and mentally fit. Henceforth, you should not hesitate before visiting a mental professional.

Visiting a psychologist might actually help you understand yourself better and be more aware about your potentials and skills so that you can optimise your ability to the fullest and thus, make a prosperous life.

As Ed Diener says, “Probably the biggest insight… is that happiness is not just a place but also a process. …Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and… it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy.”

Therefore, expand your knowledge and shrink the stigma.

 

 

Glossary:

Abnormal psychology The area of psychological investigation concerned with understanding the nature of individual pathologies of mind, mood, and behavior.

Self-awareness The top level of consciousness; cognizance of the autobiographical character of personally experienced events.

Stigma The negative reaction of people to an individual or group because of some assumed inferiority or source of difference that is degraded.

Health A general condition of soundness and vigor of body and mind; not simply the absence of illness or injury.

Wellness Optimal health, incorporating the ability to function fully and actively over the physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental domains of health.

Behavior The actions by which an organism adjusts to its environment.

 

Further Reading:

http://www.apa.org/research/action/glossary.aspx?tab=1

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